KQED Radio Staff
Host and Reporter, The California Report
Senior Correspondent, KQED NEWSROOM
Scott Shafer serves as host of KQED Public Radio's statewide news program The California Report. He's also senior correspondent for KQED NEWSROOM, the weekly news and public affairs program on television, radio and digital. As a journalist, he has been honored by numerous institutions, including Radio Television Digital News Association, San Francisco Peninsula Press Club, the National Lesbian and Gay Journalist Association, the Society for Professional Journalists and Public Radio News Directors Inc. Before arriving at KQED, Scott worked in state and local government. In his spare time, he enjoys swimming and playing water polo.
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Stories (341 archives)
Even without any rain, you turn on the faucet and the water still comes out. That makes it harder to convince people not to use it. In Sacramento this week, Gov. Jerry Brown announced more than $1 billion in state money to fast track short-term relief from the drought. None of it will make it rain or snow of course -- and the governor hinted that tighter restrictions on water use could be on the way unless things change. Like many counties, San Francisco is trying to squeeze out more water savings. And it's doing a good job. But San Francisco is still trying to squeeze out more savings, with the help of two women who are like the Sherlock Holmes of water conservation.
There are more than 2,000 former lifers on parole in California, and dozens more are being released every month. After decades in prison, the transition to freedom can be almost overwhelming. We visited an innovative program in San Francisco where former lifers mentor other parolees to help them succeed on the outside.
It's too easy to turn the murder of black and Latino young men in big cities into statistics. There are just so many shootings. But there was something about the murder this past week of 14-year-old Davon Ellis in Oakland that made it hard to rack it up as just another murder. For one thing, it seemed so random. Host Scott Shafer talks with teens at MetWest High School in Oakland - including a friend of Davon's - about the pervasive violence around them. He also talks to a mental health professional about how this violence affects kids and how they counsel young people to cope.
About a decade ago, voters passed a law barring some sex offenders in California from living within 2,000 feet of parks and schools. That's a little less than half a mile. Yesterday, the California Supreme Court struck down parts of the law, also known as Jessica's Law. That means some registered sex offenders will soon have more housing options.
For years the tech boom largely bypassed one little part of Silicon Valley: East Palo Alto. It's just across Highway 101 from Stanford University and all the venture capital firms on Sand Hill Road. Until recently, East Palo Alto was a relatively affordable enclave for working class Latinos and African-Americans. That's quickly changing.